McKinsey Offices/Regions Ranking

There have been other threads on the topic of ranking McKinsey offices (https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/which-are-…) but many of them are from 2011 or earlier. The general consensus in 2011 was:

NY > SF > Chicago + Boston + London > LA > Seattle > Atlanta/Austin/Dallas/Philly/etc. > Miami/St. Louis/Cleveland/Houston/etc.

and

NYC+SF>Boston+London>Chicago>LA>>Atlanta/Houston/Dallas/Philly type cities

I was wondering if anything had changed? I am interested in applying to a regional office (Philadelphia, Austin, Dallas, Atlanta, Charlotte, Miami, Houston, etc.) How would you rank those offices? Would you still consider Atlanta/Austin/Dallas/Philly to be ranked above Miami/Houston/etc.?

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Comments (33)

  • Intern in Consulting
Jul 29, 2020 - 12:00pm

Tier 1 offices are understood as NYC, SF, Chicago, Boston, London. After that, there's a bit of a drop-off.

That said, nobody inside McKinsey could care less about these distinctions since the firm has a global staffing model (so your office matters way less compared to Bain/BCG).

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Jul 29, 2020 - 12:15pm

You guys will come out with rankings for your grandchildren one day

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  • Intern in Consulting
Jul 29, 2020 - 2:23pm

The first ranking you listed sounds more correct than your second ranking.

  • Intern in Consulting
Jul 29, 2020 - 3:18pm

Not really I mostly looked at the first half, I don't really know how to distinguish between any of the smaller offices....I imagine most people don't

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  • Analyst 1 in Consulting
Jul 30, 2020 - 12:13pm

Honestly, the only thing you should care about in regards to the offices is which industries are prominent in that region. While McKinsey has a global staffing model, preference is given to local consultants.

The "Tier 1" cities for McKinsey that you're describing happen to have basically all industries available locally. So if you were to go to New York, Chicago, or London (the 3 biggest offices at the Firm), then you'd have the ability to work locally on a bunch of different projects. By contrast, a place like Houston would be more Oil & Gas focused.

At the end of the day though, your network supercedes geography. Do good work with good teams and people will know your name when staffing cycles kick up for you.

  • Analyst 1 in Consulting
Jul 31, 2020 - 2:46pm

I can't say, I'm not in those offices; I only knew about Houston because of a colleague on one of my teams. If you go on the local websites you should have a sense based on Leadership's profiles and the listed industries for that city.

Honestly though, I can't stress enough how much more important it is to have people know your name. My current project happened because the EM was friends with an old EM I had worked with, so he immediately tried to lock me into his study within a few hours of us speaking.

  • Analyst 2 in Consulting
Jul 30, 2020 - 5:52pm

NY, SF, Chicago have the most options in terms of cases and exits.

  • Intern in PE - LBOs
Jul 31, 2020 - 1:51am

How's NJ vs NY? Really into retail but it seems that NY doesn't have a focus in the retail or consumer goods practice

  • Prospect in Consulting
Aug 1, 2020 - 3:35am

Second this, how is New Jersey office in terms of size and industry? Is it easy for consultants in New Jersey to get staffed on projects in NYC?

Aug 5, 2020 - 11:30am

What a stupid discussion. Everyone asking "buT whAt ABouT random office"... what are you guys expecting? People to come in and tell you that it's great or you'll get any exit you want from there?

This is just a dumb validation exercise for everyone. There's no difference across offices for anything, whether that be your performance, exits etc. Stop looking for easy validations and go hustle regardless of office or another stupid yardstick

Aug 7, 2021 - 10:14pm

Not sure why he was downvoted. There is no significant different between the office within the US. Just pick the city where you want to live and apply there. If you like huge hubs - Boston, NYC and Chicago. If you like small intimate feeling and want to know everyone - DC, Atlanta, Miami. You can always try to transfer at some point if you are good performer and really want to move.

Aug 9, 2021 - 12:04am

This. Offices have different cultures and cities have different costs of living but if you're ranking based on those factors, it's essentially the opposite of what you have. Otherwise, nobody cares where you live and people transfer all the time.

  • Associate 1 in Other
Aug 5, 2020 - 2:45pm

Chicago is the best office for each MBB firm: healthy/collaborative/kind Midwestern culture, massive office with lots of opportunities across many industries (as mentioned in another thread, McKinsey was founded there), good cost of living, etc.

But also this is kind of a silly thing to be ranking...it's MCKINSEY!!

  • Consultant in Consulting
Aug 8, 2021 - 12:18am

I wouldn't say completely irrelevant: the two largest offices (NYC and Chicago) tend to have a bit more diversity in terms of building out your network and projects of interest from your home base office. It's a valuable advantage to have, at least for your first 1-2 years. 

  • Analyst 2 in IB - Gen
Aug 11, 2021 - 6:18am

Bumping this as also interested. Not in MBB but my understanding is English is fine for Singapore and HK, while you need Japanese knowledge for Tokyo (at least at a junior level)

Aug 13, 2021 - 4:55pm

Tokyo requires Japanese proficiency. Hong Kong technically requires Chinese and/or Cantonese proficiency, but I've met juniors that aren't. Singapore is English only, but everyone will speak at least one other language, so monolingual is an instant disadvantage. I got hired into a DACH office despite not speaking native German. As long as you can do your interviews in the office language then you'll be fine. 

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